Yesterday's work day was simultaneously one of the best and worst work days ever. Our network was completely down (and remains largely down today), giving me a very limited subset of tasks I could work on. Simple tasks that I blew through in just a few minutes. So I basically goofed off on the web all day. I feel guilty about that in the sense that I know I'm not getting paid to just goof off. But I also feel guilty about it in some other, more profound way. That I don't give a sh*t that … [Read more...] about All This Thinking is Counter-Productive
So I was thinking about getting a baby book to preserve baby's stuff, and then I realized. No need anymore. All the photos? Digital files. My mom had a baby book for me that had all kinds of photos of me, little memories and dates (like my first smile, first time I crawled). That's all recorded in digital pics & videos. Things have changed a lot in 35 29 years. But there still is stuff to preserve, it's just that it's three-dimensional stuff. Her baby bracelets from the hospital, her … [Read more...] about A Historian to the Core
I’m sitting at my new job – this is my second week. And honestly? It’s pretty great! Not just because I’m employed (although that, in itself, is a relief) but the work, the work environment? I’m not sure I have been more content with work in a long, long time. What’s the deal? Well for starters, this is just the confidence boost I needed. For years now I’ve been bouncing around from job to job, and, as a result, my museum career felt very wobbly or uneven since my employment has been so … [Read more...] about What’s Not to Like?
I haven’t had much to blog about lately. Last time I checked in here, I was excited about a couple leads I had. Which led nowhere. No responses, no phone calls, no emails…nothing. And both positions have been filled (or at least have disappeared off the series of tubes). In the meantime, I’ve been trolling the web looking for work, and fired off a few applications but nothing exciting on the horizon. Here’s a look at the jobs hunt thus far, by the numbers: Number of months I have been … [Read more...] about By the Numbers
So when I took my job writing exhibits, I knew it was a short-term 18-month gig. But I figured 18 months as a "real" writer was worth it, and by the end of the 18 months, I'd surely be able to land find another writing gig. Boy, am I naive! Today was my last day at the job, and I'm now laid off. I'm sad to leave my friends behind, as I had many awesome coworkers. But I'm glad to be out of that wickety wak environment, and beyond ready to leave the museum world in my rear view. But how to … [Read more...] about Just as Hard as it Sounds
My museum career string of dead-end jobs is over. It will take me a while to be okay with closing that chapter. After all, I thought it was my dream job for more than 10 years. But I'm ready to do something different. If only I knew what that was. Last time I posted here I was thinking not about possible career paths but about immediate job prospects. A necessary consideration given that I’m typing this in pajamas thanks to my current unemployment. But I also think a lot about my future career - … [Read more...] about Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker
On the heels of our Vegas getaway, I've decided to go ahead and call it quits at work. I'll be pulling the plug today. It just makes more sense to go ahead and end this now, before I get asked to move a baby grand. While it’s been nice to get a paycheck, I need to shift my time, attention, and energy away from the past and towards the future. My immediate job prospects, my future career path and my future role as a mother, for starters. It’s hard for me to think about my future self as a … [Read more...] about Calling It Quits
It’s such a cliche, but morning sickness is around-the-clock for me. After I wake, I lie there motionless, hoping that if I just don't move, maybe my stomach won't sound the alarm yet. I try to eat something to calm my stomach before I have to leave for work, but nothing seems to help. Once I get to work, it takes half my energy to not throw up and the other half to try and act like everything’s normal, to get through my day without seeming too distracted by the morning sickness, the being … [Read more...] about Sickness, Yes. Mornings? No.
Overnight I’ve gone from being the exhibit writer to, um, well, I don’t have a title anymore. Moved from my cubicle to, well, um, I don’t have a workspace anymore. I just show up at the museum collections storage room door, knock, and, once admitted, stand around until the tasks for the day are doled out and divvied up. Then we scurry off to unpack boxes, take empty boxes to recycling, hand off objects to and from the photographer, do data entry, and shelve the unpacked objects. I don’t know … [Read more...] about What was I Thinking?
As I said in my last post, I am scheduled to be laid off next Friday. But it turns out I need to revisit what I said there. As it turns out, I *was* scheduled to be laid off. The head of the museum’s registration department came to me, and said that her department was working on a collections management inventory project and could give me some hours until the inventory was complete. Meaning I could delay the arrival of the inevitable final paycheck for a few weeks. Despite me being completely … [Read more...] about The End is Near. Or Is it?